I'm new here, so I hope this is the right section... I have a few questions about what you do differently with your horses- summer vs. winter.
At the end of last winter we got Poco, so I didn't have to deal with blankets or anything, plus we had stalls back then. Now we are in the process of reconstructing barns(Great time planning, huh?), so Poco has been on full turnout throughout the spring and summer. She was never stalled with her previous owners, but during the winter I always felt more comfertable with the horses being in, during snow and bad storms that come with the season.
Anyways. Since the horses were stalled a lot during the winter, in the warmth, I've never had to use blankets, because we never really thought they were nessecary. I HAVE them, just never used them. 1. How often do you keep blankets on your horse during the winter? Just during turnout? 2. How on earth do you keep the horses water unfrozen? Every morning I'd go out, crush it up, put more in, and a few hours later it's frozen again! Also, does your horses diet change?
Poco gets turned out where she can graze for a little while each day, along with hay and feed, and the usual. Of course in the winter, theres no grazing.
Last winter, we did turn the horses out some, because I didn't want them stalled all that time. Someone said I was a horrible owner, because there was nothing on my horses legs? What?!
I guess I missed that lesson. Maybe they were refering to horses legs getting cold? Uh. Is there some kind of horse-leg-warmers that I don't know about here...And when riding, do you use differnt tack? I've seen people do this.
Any other tips would be great. This winter is different because they cannot be stalled. Of course there are a few sheds for shelters spread out the the pastures. But I don't want them to be uncomfertable in the cold weather, and I want to start preparing now.
What do you do differently in the winter than summer? I know body heat and yada yada keeps them warm, but still. I'm that crazy horse owner who wants everything to be perfect. Lol, I probably sound like an idiot. I'm not, promise. I just don't know what to do with them being on full turnout. Who elses horses are?